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CERT Property acquires land for significant Manchester development

A joint venture partnership has completed the purchase of land at 86 Talbot Road, Old Trafford for residential development. CERT Property, who’ll be speaking about their future development plans at our Nottinghamshire Development Plans Conference, and Salboy have teamed up to acquire the land which has planning permission for the development of 90 apartments over […]

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Office boom in Nottingham

A newly published report has been resulted showcasing record levels of office take-up within Nottingham. The report by Innes England, which also showed a really strong market across the wider East Midlands region, comes at an exciting period for the city – all of which will be discussed at the Nottinghamshire Development Plans Conference next […]

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Work begins on Northern Quarter office project

Construction work has begun on an impressive new development in Manchester – brought forward by property developer CERT Property. The scheme, based in the thriving Northern Quarter, is set to deliver much needed office space within the city.

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Strategic transport body prepares spending review bid

The Oxford-Cambridge corridor’s transport body will present the Treasury with an investment prospectus, its Chief Officer has revealed. Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) partnership of businesses and councils, told the delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development conference that the prospectus is designed to make the case for funds in […]

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CaMKOx catalysts: shaping the vision

Ahead of the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference we hear exclusively from Gemma Goddard, Senior Associate at Birketts LLP, on maximising the huge potential the proposed Oxford-Cambridge infrastructure presents to the region:   The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has a vision: creating the UK’s own ’Silicon Valley’ in the form of a seamlessly connected hi-tech […]

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Avant Homes acquire £36m development site

Major housebuilder Avant Homes have purchased a large proportion of land at Chesterfield’s £340m Waterside development site as they continue their growth plans. Avant, who recently announced their ambition to become a £1bn turnover business by 2023, instantly submitted an application to Chesterfield Borough Council for reserved matters planning approval following the £36m acquisition with […]

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Exclusive Q&A; Developing cities to be smart – Siemens

Sarah Handley, Carbon Neutral Programme Manager at Siemens, is set to speak at the Smart Cities Development Conference on the 6th February. Ahead of the event we hear exclusively from Sarah on the exceptional work Siemens is doing within the market as one of the leading smart city providers.    Siemens is at the forefront […]

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WSP on the Oxford Cambridge Arc Corridor – strategic priorities, delivery mechanisms and more

Adrian Hames, Director & Head of Transport Planning at WSP:  The Oxford to Cambridge Arc continues to be a ‘hot’ topic, with many parties discussing the region’s growth potential. Bringing partners together is a must if we are to tackle the challenges and enable delivery, so we’re excited to help drive the conversation at the […]

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Exclusive Developer Q&A: Ed Ellerington, Packaged Living

Packaged Living, backed by Palmer Capital, are a bespoke Build to Rent (B2R) developer and operator at the forefront of the Private Rented Sector (PRS). Having formed last year they’re now looking to develop across the UK – with their first major project at the heart of the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Corridor in Milton Keynes. Ahead […]

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International investors attracted to towns and cities on HS2 route

Julian Jackson, Assistant Director of Planning, Highways & Transport at Bradford Council told delegates that the authority is making case for a Northern Powerhouse rail station in the city. He said that ensuring the city, which currently lacks a main line rail station, is on the new fast route would cut journey times between Bradford […]

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Mass collaborative approach needed to transform economies of the north

HS2 cannot transform the economies of the north on its own, a senior city hall official has told the HS2 Economic Growth Conference.  Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council, said: “I don’t believe faster trains to London will be on their own transformational. Faster trains to London, investment across the north, […]

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HS2 to glue the Midlands back together

HS2 will help to put the UK’s regions on the map for visitors and students worldwide. Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect, told delegates that the new line would immediately improve the geographical accessibility of the UK when it opens: “HS2 will be known globally as how we travel in the UK. HS2 opens up […]

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Councillors back £50m eight-storey Nottingham development

A £50m development in Nottingham has been unlocked as the project is approved. The city centre development, being brought forward by CERT Property (Sheriff Way Nottingham Ltd), is set to continue the transformation around Nottingham Train Station with the city boasting a number of major schemes in the area. CERT Property (Sheriff Way Nottingham Ltd), […]

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Morgan Sindall; the hallmarks of world-class frameworks

Early contractor involvement, multiple procurement routes, and open communication: the hallmarks of world-class frameworks – by Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure   What are the hallmarks of a world-class framework? What has driven their proliferation over the past decade? And how can innovation shape the framework model moving forward? These were questions put to senior […]

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Nottingham Council Homes set to be revamped in efficiency drive

Nottingham City Council are set to refit more than 150 council houses in a bid to slash tenants’ energy bills in a major efficiency pilot project. The Council, who’re set to speak at the Nottinghamshire Development Plans Event in March, are set to spend more than £5m improving some of Nottingham City Homes’ (NCH) oldest […]

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Conference to drive smart and sustainable development and regeneration

On the 6th February, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together in Oxford for the inaugural Smart Cities Development Conference – the largest business conference of the year focused on driving and unlocking smart regeneration and development across the UK. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the biggest names […]

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UK Construction & Property Events Worth Attending in 2019

The construction and property industry is in a fascinating place. On one side there is major disruption and uncertainty with skills, housing, BREXIT and more creating massive challenges which need to be overcome. On the other hand innovative smart solutions are offering ways to combat barriers, whilst ambitious infrastructure projects including HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail […]

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New year, new construction solution as unique multi-regional framework set for UK launch

From 1st January 2019, the public sector will have access to a gold standard service in a unique framework that offers the very best in standards at a local level – a bundle never before assembled on such a scale to SME construction organisations across the UK. Pagabo, the construction procurement specialists, will launch and […]

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Digesting the Construction Frameworks Conference

Construction frameworks were under the spotlight at a conference held in Sheffield on December 13th in Sheffield by Built Environment Network. Maria Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), used a keynote presentation at the Construction Frameworks Conference to outline the results of its recent research on frameworks. This […]

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Logistics experiencing Brexit boom

Brexit is benefiting the logistics sector by fuelling demand for warehouse space. Rachel Wood, Managing Director of Sladen Estates, told our West Midlands event that the UK’s withdrawal is having ‘little effect’ across the company’s activities but is proving a boom for its industrial developments: “Brexit is having a positive effect for us. Logistics operators […]

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Report shows need to tackle carbon and congestion caused by ever-greater demands for deliveries

Whitehall and Town Halls should offer greater support to efforts to meet people’s growing demands for fast deliveries while also reducing congestion and carbon emissions, the National Infrastructure Commission warns today. As more and more consumers are looking to get next-day deliveries on their last-minute Christmas shopping this weekend, chairman Sir John Armitt argued the […]

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Nottingham’s Broadmarsh transformation project moves step forward

The major regeneration of intu Broadmarsh and the surrounding land in Nottingham has moved a step forward after Nottingham City Council chiefs gave the programme of schemes the thumbs up. The project, which will transform the area close to the Train Station, will deliver a exceptional new gateway into the City and create a thriving […]

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Planning for a post-car future

Barry Jessup, Director at First Base, will join us in February for the Smart Cities Development Conference – and we hear from him around smart tech merging with development:   Much has been said about the major disruptive elements facing the real estate industry, namely increased government intervention, a changing retail environment and intervention from […]

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Department for International Trade assembles ARC investment portfolio

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is pulling together its first portfolio of investment projects in the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge ARC Corridor, a senior official has revealed. Simon Sweetinburgh, Regional Manager for Capital Projects at the department, told our Oxfordshire event that the DIT will focus on the east-west corridor in the latest of its prospectuses […]

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Ox-Cams next phase rail work may start by the Autumn

Work on the next stage of the new railway linking Oxford and Cambridge could begin as early as next autumn, the Government has signalled. Martin Tugwell, Programme Director of the England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) partnership of businesses and councils in the Oxford-Cambridge ARC, told delegates at our Oxfordshire Development Plans Conference hat the public inquiry […]

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Built Environment Networking continue recruitment drive

Leeds-based construction and property events company Built Environment Networking are continuing their recruitment drive – with the announcement of three new appointments. The company, which has recently relocated to larger premises at Thorpe Park in Leeds, have this year doubled its team as their events business continues to grow. Newly appointed Partnerships Director Lee Cooper […]

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New partnership programme will ”help cities to plan for the future”

The National Infrastructure Commission today launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. Chairman Sir John Armitt said the programme would help cities “from the North East to the South West” to share knowledge and expertise as […]

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New National Fire Estates Group To Be Set Up

A National Fire Estates Group is being set up to enable brigades across the country to share and develop innovative property solutions. Alex Brown, Head of Property Capital Projects & Estates at the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Services, revealed at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference said that the newly formed group are set […]

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The rise and rise of frameworks in construction

Andy Parker, Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure: With the number of providers only increasing, it’s important to take stock and ask, what are the hallmarks of a best-in-class framework? What’s driven their proliferation? And what value do they provide both customers, and the wider community? If frameworks are to continue to thrive and provide the […]

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£800m Construction framework launched for bidding…

Procurement and framework firm Fusion21, who’ll be speaking and exhibiting at next weeks Construction Frameworks Conference, have announced details of a new construction framework – worth £800m over the course of the next four years. The framework, which will focus on Construction Works and Improvements, has now opened for bidding with Fusion21 seeking to speak […]

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What are the ingredients of a best in class framework? – Exclusive Q&A

Frameworks play a crucial role within the delivery of new developments and regeneration projects across the UK. From framework operators to procurement professionals, to professional bidders and more, they’re part of the daily life of some of those within the construction and property industry – both public and private sector. They need a collaborative approach, […]

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Leciester ‘must do more’ to stimulate the provision of Grade A office space

Leicester ‘must do more’ to stimulate the provision of Grade A office space in the city, a senior council official has admitted. Speaking at our Leicester event Louise Seymour, Head of Development Projects at Leicester City Council, told delegates that securing top quality office accommodation is key to the city’s wider growth prospects. She said: […]

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Unlocking growth: the Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford ARC

The proposed new infrastructure links between Oxford and Cambridge is set to drive phenomenal growth in a once in a lifetime infrastructure scheme. We hear from one of our partners for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Development Conference – WSP – on their future vision for the corridor. OUR VISION FOR THE ARC Re-imagining transport-led growth […]

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Construction Frameworks Conference set to connect major operations, professionals and bidders together

On the 13th December, prominent public and private sector leaders within the construction and property industry will come together at the Construction Frameworks Conference – one of the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, will see some of the industry’s biggest […]

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5G connectivity to launch in 16 UK cities

5G mobile connectivity is set to be launched across 16 UK cities in 2019 – it has been confirmed. EE, part of the BT Group who’ll be speaking at next years Smart Cities Development Conference, are set to roll out the connectivity once their initial trials in Canary Wharf and East London have been completed, […]

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UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference

UK Emergency Service Estates & Facilities Conference On the 20th November, prominent estates and facilities leaders from the UK’s national, regional and local emergency services will come together at the Blue Light Estates Development Conference – the sector’s largest conference of the year. The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will offer the first ever […]

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McBains; Blue Light estates & Tri-Light collaboration

Next week the inaugural Blue Light Estates Development Conference is set to bring together those at the forefront of estates, property and facilities management at our Emergency Services – including Police, Ambulance and Fire & Rescue. We’re set to hear about the future vision for our services estates portfolios – with new regeneration and development […]

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1.7 acre site in Northamptonshire set for development

Property development and investment company Godwin Developments have purchased a new site set in a prominent location in Northamptonshire. The 1.7 acre development site, located in Rushden on the A6 bypass, is set to be a commercial development. Godwin Developments, who’re set to speak at the East Midlands Development Plans Conference next week, have exchanged […]

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HS2 Chairman: “Half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are just the beginning”

Local HS2 growth plans show almost half a million jobs at HS2 station sites Nearly 90,000 thousand new homes to be built around HS2 stations including new garden villages. Opportunities to better local transport connections facilitated by HS2 for both work and leisure.   Today, Sir Terry Morgan, Chair of HS2 Ltd will state how […]

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Plans revealed for major new office development in Nottingham

A major new development in a key location in Nottingham City Centre is on the cards – with developers Sladen Estates and Peveril Securities today revealing plans. The potential development proposed the creation of two buildings between 10-13 storeys high. Sladen Estates, who’re set to speak at our West Midlands Development Plans Conference, have submitted […]

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Wildgoose Construction; Success in Frameworks

Frameworks play an incredibly important role within the construction industry – which is why we’re bringing together those at the forefront of the sector at the Construction Frameworks Conference on the 13th December with a focus on sharing best practice, helping to reduce capital costs, help clients achieve best value from procurement and enable the […]

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Nottinghamshire Police and Fire & Rescue Headquarters To Merge

Authority chiefs have backed plans to merge Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue headquarters, it has been announced. The creation of a new joint headquarters has now moved a step forward after detailed designs and costings have been given the thumbs up. The announcement, ahead of the Blue Light Estates Development Conference which Nottinghamshire […]

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Cities and Transport Catapults to join forces

The Future Cities Catapult and Transport Systems Catapult are set to be merged into a new organisation, it has been announced. The move, which is set to allow them to become more focused on issues around modern and smart cities as well as the future of connectivity, infrastructure and mobility, reflects their joint relevance to […]

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HS2 Chairman keynote speaker at Economic Growth Conference

The new chairman of HS2 Ltd, Sir Terry Morgan, has been confirmed as the headline speaker at the inaugural HS2 Economic Growth Conference. The event, supported by HS2 Ltd, will see Sir Terry Morgan address up to 1,000 delegates on Wednesday 7th November, sharing his views on the importance of the project to the UK’s […]

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Planning for life beyond HS2

Ahead of the HS2 Economic Growth Conference – focused on developing stations, hubs and cities – we hear from Keith Mitchell, Director – Community Development and Infrastructure, at PBA, now part of Stantec.   In the beginning… When HS2 was first presented, the concept was easy to grasp. Reduce travel times between London and the […]

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Transformation growth set for the North of England

Northern Powerhouse Rail is poised to deliver transformational change to the North boosting the economy and improving connectivity for millions of people. Leaders from the city regions of Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield have welcomed the move to bring fast and frequent rail services to the region – and new opportunities for businesses and […]

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LCR and Nottingham County Council to partner to maximise HS2 regeneration

Regeneration specialists LCR, owned by the Department for Transport, are to partner with Nottinghamshire County Council as they look to maximise the huge potential the arrival of HS2 will have on the East Midlands. The partnership will help the region prepare for the ‘once in a generation’ infrastructure scheme which is set to help transform […]

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Funding close for East Midlands build to rent tower

Funding is being lined up for plans to build Derby’s tallest building, our event has heard. Matt Chandler, Development Manager at Godwin Developments. our recent Birmingham event that the company is close to securing a funder for its Landmark scheme. Funding will ‘hopefully’ be in place by mid-November for the 17-storey build to rent scheme, which […]

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Funding announced to maximise HS2 Toton station and East Midlands Airport expansion

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has announced fresh funding for a local-led body named Midlands Engine Partnership – which will help the region maximise the huge opportunities which HS2 will bring to the East Midlands HS2 Station and East Midlands Airport. The funding will enable the development body to put to together plans to […]

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Major office development in Nottingham takes step forward

Approval has been secured on a major office development in Nottingham as the City Council give the scheme the green light. The development, which will see the creation of 700,000 sq ft of office space, has secured permission after an environmental impact assessment scoping request. Sladen Estates, who’ll be speaking about their Midlands schemes at […]

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